When most people think of Colorado, they imagine the mountains covered in snow and winter sports. While the winter is undoubtedly a fun time, Denver and the surrounding regions come alive in the summer. From trips to the mountains to exploring what the urban lifestyle has to offer, visitors get to see how Denver becomes an entirely new city when the warm months set in, full of festivals, food, art, music and so much more.
The Office of Alumni Engagement could not be more excited to welcome the Regis alumni back to campus this July and share with everyone what this great city has to offer. When attendees aren’t busy catching up with former classmates at the Dinner and Cocktail party on Friday, June 18, enjoying the Family Picnic on Saturday, July 19, or attending Mass and a delicious Brunch on Sunday, July 20, they are encouraged to explore the beauty of Colorado. Here are 11 of the best activities in or around Denver during Alumni Weekend 2014:
Mark Your Calendar:
- Colorado Renaissance Festival
Dost thou seek to escape the city and the hustle and bustle of modern times? Enter the world of 16th century renaissance life at the annual Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, Colo. The festival boasts hundreds of authentic and costumed participants working and performing in the renaissance village, a day’s worth of performances, crafts and activities and mouth-watering food. Truly a family fun experience only an hour’s drive south of Denver.
- Botanic Gardens: Chihuly
The Botanic Gardens is a wonder in and of itself, but add hand-blown glass to the scenery and the gardens become magical. The Botanic Gardens welcomes artist Dale Chihuly’s first installation in the Rocky Mountain region, Chihuly, featuring glass structures of all shapes, sizes and colors. Chihuly is known around the world for his dramatic and intoxicating exhibitions – and this one is no different.
- Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival celebrates traditional Asian culture and athletic competition. Experience the art and beauty on display for the annual boat race, and chow down on some fantastic Asian cuisine. Named Denver’s “Best New Festival” and winner of multiple art excellence awards, this festival is worth checking out. Read more about the event from a Regis student participant here.
- Colorado Shakespeare Festival
Located at the University of Colorado Boulder campus in Boulder, Colo., the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theater offers some of Shakespeare’s most renowned plays at its annual summer festival. This year The Tempest, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV Part 1 and I Hate Hamlet, a comedy based on the original Hamlet, will all come to life.
- Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective
The Denver Art Museum is set to feature approximately 100 works by artist Tom Wesselmann, a leader and genius in American pop art. The exciting collection will include multiple series by Wesselmann to show the progression and development of his life’s work. Don’t miss this artistic take on our culture and surrounding society.
Colorado Summer Essentials:
- Colorado’s Favorite Summer Hikes
Colorado is blessed with never-ending hiking trails for the outdoor adventurers. To experience some unique red-rock formations, exciting wildlife and a family friendly atmosphere, head south of the city about a half hour to Roxborough State Park. For a mountain experience not far from the city full of glaciers, rock climbing, camping and swimming, head out to St. Mary’s Glacier. Expecting to finish more than two hikes this summer? Check out a more comprehensive list of Colorado day hikes here.
- Little Man Ice Cream
Little Man Ice Cream has quickly become a Denver staple. This dessert joint is known, first and foremost, for its rich, delectable ice cream and inventive flavors. Salted Oreo, Banana Chip and Space Junkie are just a few that everyone needs to try once in their life. It’s also a short walk to the Denver walking bridges and some of the city’s best restaurants. Just look for the 28-foot tall, 14,000 lb. tin ice cream stand in the LoHi neighborhood – it’s impossible to miss.
- Brewery Tours
It’s no secret that Colorado is one of the craft brew meccas of the country. Breweries are popping up left and right, each with their own unique twist on beer, and the Denver metro area has some of the best out there. The MillerCoors tour in Golden, Colo., is of course always a great option, but Avery Brewery and Great Divide Brewing Co. are some of the smaller Denver-area breweries that are also worthwhile experiences and fun places to hang out with friends afterwards. Check ‘em out!
- Rooftop & Patio Dinners
The city skyline, a view of the Rocky Mountains and a warm summer breeze – what’s not to love about a dinner outside? Denver offers a handful of amazing establishments, from Linger’s rooftop patio to the Café Bar porch oasis, that offer either a full-service rooftop or relaxing patio eating. Don’t let the summer pass by visiting at least one of these eateries with fabulous outdoor seating.
- Santa Fe Art District
A unique artistic culture has emerged in recent years throughout the city of Denver, with several neighborhoods welcoming new and up and coming galleries. The Santa Fe Art District is the most well-known around town, full of the city’s latest and greatest collections, restaurants and food trucks on every corner. For a truly artistic Denver experience, wander on down Santa Fe Drive.
- Farmer’s Markets
Denver takes farmer’s market to the next level. Not only are there more than five throughout the entire city, they don’t just sell locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables. They also have live entertainment, wine tastings, fun kid events, dog adoption centers and more. For a comprehensive list of markets across town, visit this link.
Don’t miss out on anything Denver has to offer this summer! Visit the Alumni Weekend schedule and plan an exciting, fun-filled weekend for you and your family.